How much money can you save by building your own PC? and more
Posted on: 02/25/2014 03:14 PM

Here a roundup of the latest reviews and articles:

Antec AMP Pulse Wireless Mobile Headphones Review
Antec Kuhler H2O 1250 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler Review
ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer
How much money can you save by building your own PC?
Humble Indie Bundle 11 Review
Intel Debuts Merrifield and Moorefield Designs at MWC
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Review
Mobile Devices in the Workplace: What is at Risk?
Mobile Messaging Clients Compared
MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming 4 GB
Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch PlayStation 3 Review
Nokia X Preview
Nvidia G-Sync: My Impression
NVIDIA GeForce Power Efficiency: From The 6600GT To The GTX 750 Ti
NZXT H440 Mid-Tower Case Review
PowerColor Radeon R9-290X PCS+ Review
Razer DeathAdder 4G (2013) Ergonomic Gaming Mouse Review
Samsung unveils the Galaxy S5 smartphone
SanDisk Connect 64GB Wireless Flash Drive Review
Super Flower Leadex Platinum 1000W PSU Review
Thecus N5550 NAS Server

Antec AMP Pulse Wireless Mobile Headphones Review
Antec has branched out over the past year from what we normally know them for, cases and power supplies. They launched Antec Mobile Products (AMP) and we reviewed their flagship product the SP1 Bluetooth speaker. Today we are taking a look at another bluetooth product the Pulse Wireless Mobile Headphones. These over-the-ear wireless headphones are intended for mobile use and include an integrated microphone for answering calls. Beyond this they feature 40 mm drivers, built in controls, a foldable design and a very sleek look. Let’s check them out…


Read full article @ ThinkComputers.org

Antec Kuhler H2O 1250 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler Review
So, apparently King.com is being accused of having essentially cloned the game CandySwipe and released it as Candy Crush Saga. This, of course, leads to the big question “what makes this game a saga, anyway?”. It’s not like Homer wrote tales centered around Achilles addiction to Angry Birds. It’s also not like anyone would have read them. Well, it’s not like many people take the time to read anything anymore, anyway. Especially as something involved as “The Iliad”. How would you even post “The Iliad” on Facebook? But, I digress…the fact is, Candy Crush Saga and CandySwipe are incredibly similar in many, many ways, though the gameplay slightly differs.

Of course, Candy Crush and CandySwipe aren’t the only things we see these days that are incredibly similar, and produce incredibly similar results. Another place we see this (along with allegations of patent infringement) is in the world of closed loop cooling. The entire segment has become incredibly stagnant and fallen into self-parody. “Improvements” over the last couple of years have mainly centered around LED colors, but those LEDs keep getting mounted on units with incredibly low flow pumps with aluminum radiators that require fans running at far louder than tolerable levels to get the job done. At the end of the day, performance has become pretty much interchangeable among the leading brands. With prices on kits and pre-assembled open loops dropping, a manufacturer is going to have to take a look at where improvements can be made in the entire way CLC are designed. Someone is going to need to take a whole new angle.


Read full article @ HiTech Legion

ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer
Let's take a look at the ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer, a top mid-range socket AM3+ motherboard for AMD FX processors, based on the AMD 990FX chipset.


Read full article @ Hardware Secrets

How much money can you save by building your own PC?
PC Review have a new article comparing the price from of off-the-shelf computers to DIY builds. Our number crunching shows you could save up to 35% of your money by building your own, whilst getting a better PC in the process:

As a PC hardware enthusiast who fixes computers for people on a regular basis, I am frequently asked how much it would cost to put together a ‘brand new’ or ‘gaming’ computer that will either allow somebody to browse the internet and use office programs, or ‘be better than my games console’. There are a multiple facets to this question, and I have found that PC users are generally more willing to spend a lot of money on pre-built systems at large retail chain stores, rather than put in the time and effort to build their own for a much lower cost (and often better performance).


Read full article @ PC Preview

Humble Indie Bundle 11 Review
With the individual reviews done, the question is if the Humble Indie Bundle 11 is worth getting? In my opinion, it certainly is. Dust: An Elysian Tale and The Swapper I would personally recommend. Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is also fun, but does not pique my interest much. That does not mean it will fail with you though, and it is definitely worth giving a shot. Guacamelee! Gold Edition is also a good game, but I am just not the gamer it is targeted at. If you are, then definitely get it. Really all of the base games are quite good and enjoyable. The only question is which appeal to you the most?


Read full article @ OCC

Intel Debuts Merrifield and Moorefield Designs at MWC
Intel is announcing its new tablet and smartphone designs this week at Mobile World Congress, alongside a major push to drive adoption of its 28nm XMM 7160 and XMM 7260 modem technology. It's been two years since Intel launched its first serious Atom-based smartphone platform, codenamed Medfield, and it's safe to say that those two years haven't gone precisely as Intel intended. Originally, the company planned to have a solid market share built up by now. Instead, it's planning a major tablet initiative with multiple partners with a few possible smartphone SoC wins on the side.

The chips that will power these efforts are the Z34 and Z35 families, known as Merrifield and Moorefield...


Read full article @ HotHardware

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Review
The Surface Pro 2 is Microsoft's updated slate tablet that's improved in every performance vector. It packs ultrabook-class components into an innovative form factor with a sturdy chassis. Add in a wide range of useful accessories, and the Surface Pro 2 is the Windows 8 tablet to beat.


Read full article @ TechReviewSource.com

Mobile Devices in the Workplace: What is at Risk?
Let’s face it, smart phones and tablets have become a common part of life. It is not unusual to walk into a place and see a majority of the people with their eyes down, totally engrossed in a mobile device. This is something that happens out in everyday life and is becoming increasingly more common in the workplace. Laptops and desktops are starting to be replaced by tablets and laptop-tablet hybrids. No matter the business industry, just like computers, tablets and smartphones are becoming essential in almost all areas of business. Even if your business does not directly require your employees to have these devices to work, they are being introduced into your environment because they can assist in productivity.


Read full article @ Benchmark Reviews

Mobile Messaging Clients Compared
Mobile messaging is huge in tech right now and consolidation is coming fast, as evidenced by the recent acquisition of Viber for $900 million and WhatsApp for a jaw-dropping $19 billion in cash and stock. At the heart of it all is the attractiveness of their user base; in the case of WhatsApp, the service is on the path to connect 1 billion people, and with higher engagement than Facebook itself it was a key move to dominate the mobile space.

Messaging is not only among the top activities on smartphones (if not THE top activity), messaging apps are increasingly seen as social networks. After all people use them to send each other texts, videos, photos and other content either one-on-one or as a group. Sounds familiar, right?

While WhatsApp is an international phenomenon, it still isn’t as big a deal in the US. It’s also purposely light on features due to a “no ads, no games, no gimmicks” policy. But as it is with any hot trend, there’s no shortage of alternatives. Below is our side-by-side feature comparison for today’s top contenders this side of the globe, followed by some notes on each company’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy to give you some perspective on where they stand.


Read full article @ Techspot

MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming 4 GB
MSI's Radeon R9 290X Gaming comes with the company's well known TwinFrozr dual-fan cooler, which should improve temperatures and noise levels over the AMD reference design significantly. The card is also overclocked out of the box for some extra performance.


Read full article @ techPowerUp

Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch PlayStation 3 Review
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has been on my “to play” list for quite some time now and while this is an effective spoiler for the rest of the review, I’m annoyed at myself for leaving it for so long! Hailing from the masterful developers at Level-5; who have created a phenomenal collection of games over the last 16 years, including the legendary Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, White Knight Chronicles and the Professor Layton series. Then we have the added support of Studio Ghibli; the legendary animation studio behind many of our times greatest animated masterpieces, with too many to mention. Finally the mix is complete by the publisher Namco Bandai, who have long been at the front line when it comes to Eastern influenced games. Combined, the companies have a considerable war chest to create something magical, and Ni No Kuni is the end result of such a collaboration.


Read full article @ eTeknix

Nokia X Preview
This could be the shortest-lived phone lineup since Kin

As expected, Nokia this weekend announced a new, entry-level smart phone lineup called the Nokia X, which will sit logically somewhere between the firm's Windows Phone-powered Lumia phones and its Asha Series-40 devices. But it's not hard to wonder whether these phones are already doomed: Microsoft is buying Nokia's handset business, after all, and Microsoft already has a full-featured smart phone OS that runs well on low-end devices.


Read full article @ WinSupersite

Nvidia G-Sync: My Impression
Nvidias G-Sync has been in the public domain for a few months and in that time it has gathered a large amount of attention. Some sources, and Nvidia themselves, have been outright in saying that G-Sync will revolutionise gaming. I got the chance to see G-Sync in action a few weeks ago thanks to Nvidia, and here are my thoughts.


Read full article @ KitGuru

NVIDIA GeForce Power Efficiency: From The 6600GT To The GTX 750 Ti
When NVIDIA was doing their press briefings for their new Maxwell architecture they frequently talked up its power efficiency and how the power efficiency is four times greater than where it was four years ago with Fermi... But how is Maxwell and NVIDIA's power efficiency compared to hardware from ten years ago? In this article we have done fresh benchmarks -- with power consumption, thermal, and performance-per-Watt measurements -- of NVIDIA's mid-range graphics cards from the week-old GeForce GTX 750 Ti to as far back as the GeForce 6600GT (NV43) graphics card from 2004.

First of all, if you didn't already read our GM107 Maxwell review, be sure to read NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti "Maxwell": A Great Mid-Range GPU For Linux Users. That article has benchmarks from 21 different NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards on Linux, so even if you're not interested in the GM107 specifically, you can at least see some new Linux GPU numbers at large. Prior to the weekend I also published many more NVIDIA Maxwell Linux benchmarks from Ubuntu with NVIDIA's Linux graphics driver.


Read full article @ Phoronix

NZXT H440 Mid-Tower Case Review
Once upon a time, I was sitting in front of a TV in a vegetative state watching whatever drivel I was spoon fed. During that time, I was watching a popular TV show about some “nerdy guys” who lived in an apartment across the hall from a “hot, cool chick”. The premise was blasé and the show dragged on forever but it had some moments that shined. One of those moments for me was when Sheldon, the super nerd, asked someone what kind of computer they had, and followed that up with, “And don’t say a white one.” At the time, I took that as a jab at the company who puts out popular white products that are notoriously under powered and overpriced. It was funny and so it stuck with me.

What was even funnier for me was the fact that in almost every shot there was an Alien Ware in the back ground as product placement. So, while the writers poked fun at one overpriced, under powered company, they were funded by another. Either way, when the joke was made I do not think anyone foresaw a time when PC builders would have so many options for different style and different color cases. Many of those choices coming in color options of white. Hey Sheldon, my PC is white.


Read full article @ HiTech Legion

PowerColor Radeon R9-290X PCS+ Review
We review the PowerColor Radeon R9-290X PCS+ graphics card, this beast runs at low temperatures whilst being factory overclocked (a bit). The 2816 Stream processor based Hawaii chip will get paired with 4 GB GDDR5 memory running its data over a 512-bit memory interface. The card itself is fully customized including component selection, custom PCB, custom cooling and well .. custom everything ! Powered through 8-Pin + 6-Pin power configuration it obviously runs at factory overclocked specifications as well. The card will clock (boost) towards 1050 MHz and has an improved GDDR5 memory frequency as well. Did I just catch your attention ? I figured that much.

So what does a Hawaii GPU bring into the graphics cards ? Oh what about 6 Billion transistors on a 438 mm2 Die, 512-bit Memory bus with 4 GB - 5.0 Gbps GDDR5 memory, Ultra HD ready, 5.6 TFLOPS of compute performance. Not bad for keywords, eh? AMD is partnering with EA's Battlefield 4, meaning that for as long as the coupons are available, you will receive Battlefield 4 with the card for certain selected SKUs. That would be a deluxe edition with extra DLC and weapons. AMD also is focusing strongly at gaming in Ultra High Definition (UHD), so this will be a focus in our review as well. Will we be able to play the hottest games at that whopping 8.2 Mpixels at a 3840x2160 resolution @ 60 Hz.


Read full article @ Guru3D

Razer DeathAdder 4G (2013) Ergonomic Gaming Mouse Review
The 2013 DeathAdder mouse from Razer features noticeable improvements over the previous revisions like a textured top cover but also rubber strips on the sides for additional grip. The updated sensor (Avago ADNS-S3988) provides optimal tracking up to 6400DPI and is capable of mouse movements up to 200 inches per second and 50g acceleration.


Read full article @ Madshrimps

Samsung unveils the Galaxy S5 smartphone
Latest in the Galaxy S series is dust and water resistant and uses a finger print scanner. Technology giant Samsung has unveiled its much anticipated Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone at the Unpacked event, hosted at the MWC in Barcelona tonight.The S5 is said to combine an "advanced camera, the fastest network connectivity, dedicated fitness tools and enhanced device protection features" to supply users with a refined experience for day-to-day use. The company stresses that it is listening to customer voices and it designed the device bearing in mind what matters most to people.


Read full article @ Hexus

SanDisk Connect 64GB Wireless Flash Drive Review
As more mobile devices come online, there needs to be alternative ways to get data on and off the various tablets, computers and smartphones. Putting data online in a cloud is one way, however that uses precious mobile data plans. If you are traveling with several people each with their own device using cellular data plans can get costly. Several options exist to taking data with you and allowing it to be shared across devices. SanDisk has recently introduced their SanDisk Connect line. Currently, there are two models available, the Wireless Media Drive, and Wireless Flash Drive. SanDisk sent over the 64GB Wireless Flash Drive for us to take a look at....


Read full article @ Legit Reviews

Super Flower Leadex Platinum 1000W PSU Review
Today we take a look at one of the most cost effective 1000W Platinum power supplies currently available – the creamy white Super Flower Leadex. The Leadex Platinum is currently available from Overclockers UK (http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-005-SF) for £169.99 inc vat, on offer this week at only £149.99 inc vat.

As well as achieving Platinum efficiency, the unit is fully modular and is equipped with six 6+2 SATA cables to power demanding Crossfire and SLi configurations. Is it worth the asking price?


Read full article @ KitGuru

Thecus N5550 NAS Server
Earlier this month i finished the entire Mass Effect trilogy for the 3rd time (leaving out the Wing Commander universe Mass Effect is my second most favorite one) and regardless of how much i try i still can't figure out why Bioware decided to pull the plug on Shepard and all the characters we all got to know during the course of the entire game (the perfect red ending may not be the paragon conclusion i'd like to see but still it gives me hope that they will reconsider eventually). Anyways the reason i mentioned this is because while i was discussing about it through Skype with several online acquaintances roughly a week ago i mentioned that we were currently testing 3 NAS Servers and to my surprise only one of them had heard about such devices. Now i do realize that most consumers are not aware of NAS servers since in all likelihood they will never have to use one but it's a whole different story when we're talking about serious games and enthusiasts so that's why their response took me by surprise. In any case NAS server sales continue to increase which pretty much means that more and more people learn about them every day and since we want you all to know what it is that you are spending your hard earned money to purchase we are doing our best to enrich our database. Today on our test bench we have a previous generation yet proven model manufactured by Thecus, the quite powerful and award winning N5550.


Read full article @ NikKTech




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